Capturing a moment in time

Capturing a moment in time

Saturday 10th September marks the start of Devon Open Studios where artists from all over the county will open their studios to the public. This annual event inspired us to delve into the archive in search of material on Devon artists and we came across this wonderful...
Stories from the Archive: Sarah Catherine Martin

Stories from the Archive: Sarah Catherine Martin

In the last blog post in our Stories from the Archive series we looked at the origins of the children’s nursery rhyme ‘Old Mother Hubbard’ which was written in Yealmpton by Sarah Catherine Martin in 1805. Sarah Catherine Martin was the sister of Mrs Pollexfen Bastard...
The Lore of the Dart

The Lore of the Dart

In a recent episode of ‘Sketches: A story of Art and People’ on Radio 4 (July 18th – On Dartmoor – available on BBC Sounds), the presenter Anna Freeman took a walk on the edges of Dartmoor with writer Tom Cox. During their discussion about the influence of Dartmoor on...
Picture Perfect

Picture Perfect

Sandwell Manor, Harberton – Revisited. In February 2021 our blog reflected on the research of our Curator, Abigail Gray, into the history of Sandwell Manor in Harberton which she had surveyed as part of Project Donn. This Grade II listed country house is of late...
It’s show time…

It’s show time…

What a fantastic day we’ve had at the 133rd Yealmpton Show!  As always we were in the Yealmpton History tent showcasing the work that we do at the Archive and sharing some of our collection with visitors. This year we took a selection of historic maps of the...
Stories from the Archive: Mother Hubbard

Stories from the Archive: Mother Hubbard

Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard…  If you ever driven through the village of Yealmpton in the South Hams you will have noticed Old Mother Hubbard’s cottage. Squat along the road with an undulating thatched roof, thick stone walls and tiny cottage windows...